Ahead of the FA Cup game against Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, the manager of the Championship side Aitor Karanka believes that his side can eliminate the FA Cup holders for the second consecutive season.
It can be recalled that Nottingham Forest ousted Arsenal from the competition last season in a 4:2 win at City Ground, and there is the belief that they can repeat a similar feat at Stamford Bridge.
Their beliefs may not be far-fetched seeing how Maurizio Sarri’s men have struggled for goals in recent games, and attracted criticisms from home fans. Most recently was the shocking goalless draw against strugglers Southampton.
The Blues have failed to win in their last two games at Stamford Bridge and have failed to score in them, losing 1 nil against Leicester before the scoreless draw against the Southampton.
Therefore, the visitors will be fancying their chances against the Blues in the FA Cup which has been renowned for great upsets.
Speaking ahead of the game, Karanka said: “If I don’t believe, I can’t convince the players”
“I have to be the first who is convinced and I am because to prepare one game thinking that it will be impossible to win, then it will be impossible to win.
“I am convinced that we can compete against them because we always compete against good teams.”
Chelsea assistant boss Gianfranco Zola has also warned the Blues not to take Nottingham Forest for granted.
“Absolutely not. They’ve already done it (beaten Arsenal) in the past and although we have a good record against them it’s a team that we need to respect,” Zola said.
“They have some good players – the type of players that can cause problems. So we will have to play a good game.”